Videos from Vermont
Host Brett Gaskill speaks with Annette Smith, executive director of Vermonters for a Clean Environment, on the current issues of industrial wind power in Vermont.
Annette Smith, executive director and founder of Vermonters for a Clean Environment, conducted this press conference following notice that the Vermont Attorney General had initiated a criminal investigation into whether Ms. Smith was practicing law without a license. Minutes before the press conference was to begin, Ms. Smith was notified by her attorney, David Sleigh, that the AG had closed his investigation and would not pursue the matter further. Ms. Smith used the opportunity of the press conference to shed light on the problems with renewable energy siting in the state and the difficulties facing members of the public in participating in the process.
The group drummed outside the rally, advocating against a recently proposed wind turbine project in Swanton. They want lawmakers to re-evaluate the pace and size of the renewable energy projects popping up across Vermont. Specifically, the group believes people and families living near the sites of these projects are being overlooked in the development.
Mr. Parisi lives within a mile of the operating wind turbines on Georgia Mountain in Vermont. The project consists of four Goldwind turbines each with a capacity of 2.5 MW for a total of 10 MW.
Testimony on living near First Wind's 16 Clipper Wind Turbines in Sheffield, Vermont. Duration: 10 minutes
Political ad exposes Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders for his support of industrial wind energy development. Duration: 30 seconds
Luanne Therrien and her family live near the Sheffield Wind Energy facility which consists of sixteen 2.5 MW Clipper turbines for a total installed capacity of 40 MW in Sheffield, Vermont. Duration: 5 minutes 5 seconds
This updated short feature from a larger documentary entitled Vermont's Energy Options examines several of the paths towards a renewable energy future for the state of Vermont. In this feature, utility-scale renewable energy is compared to community-oriented, small-scale renewable energy solutions. This feature, and the future full-length documentary, is produced by non-profit Energize Vermont. Energize Vermont advocates for renewable energy solutions that are in harmony with the irreplaceable character of Vermont and contribute to the people's well-being. Learn more at energizevermont.org. Duration 23 minutes 13 seconds
A trailer carrying a 115,000 pound base column for a wind turbine detached from the truck hauling it and rolled off Interstate 91 Southbound in Irasburg near the Orleans exit. Green Mountain Power is trucking parts from Island Pond to Lowell Mountain where it is building 21 turbines on the ridgeline. About 120 truckloads are slated to make the trip through September. Duration 1 minute 48 seconds
Over 150 protesters in Vermont blocked deliver of turbine components to Green Mountain Power's Lowell Wind energy facility now under construction. At least 30 law enforcement officers were deployed at the protest including federal border control officers. The protest became heated at several points when two Vermonters were arrested. Residents in northern Vermont were visibly frustrated at the State's aggressive push to site industrial scale turbines on the ridgelines. The State of Vermont prohibits billboards. Duration: 3 minutes 53 seconds
Vermont's Energy Options is a documentary work-in-progress being produced by non-profit Energize Vermont. The purpose of the documentary is to examine the different paths Vermont has to a renewable energy future and create a dialogue around their respective impacts and benefits. Duration: 19 minutes 27 seconds
In this interview, Tom Evslin explains how the economics of the Lowell Wind project in Vermont will drive up use of fossil generation. Evslin is a former member of the Clean Energy Development Fund board and the former chief technology officer under Vermont's Douglas administration. Duration: 5 minutes 26 seconds
This video documents the mountain top destruction happening on Lowell Mountain in Vermont in order to construct a 21-turbine wind power plant. Other clips on the construction can be found here. Duration 1 minute 38 seconds